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Amietophrynus villiersi

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA BUFONIDAE

Scientific Name: Amietophrynus villiersi
Species Authority: (Angel, 1940)
Synonym(s):
Bufo villiersi Angel, 1940
Taxonomic Notes: It is possible that Amietophrynus djohongensis is a synonym of this species (J.-L. Amiet pers. comm.).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Jean-Louis Amiet, Mills Tandy
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its habitat on the Cameroonian mountains is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the mountains of western Cameroon at 1,200-2,500m asl, where it occurs on Mount Manenguba, the Bamileke Plateau (at Djuttitsa, Batie and Bangwa), the Bamboutos Mountains, and Riboa (between the Adamawa and Mambilla Plateaus). It might occur more widely, and if Bufo djohongensis proves to be a synonym, then its range will extend to the east of the Adamawa Plateau.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon
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Population [top]

Population: It is not a well-known species, though it is probably moderately common in suitable habitats.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives along fast-flowing streams in montane grassland, sometimes with forest strips, and hides in holes during the day. It breeds in slow-flowing streams bordered with trees.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although it can probably cope with some disruption to its habitat, it is probably suffering from continuing degradation of its montane habitats as a result of smallholder farming activities, livestock ranching, wood extraction, and human settlement.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known to occur in any protected areas. Protection of the remaining highland forests in Cameroon, particularly Mount Manenguba, is urgently needed.

Citation: Jean-Louis Amiet, Mills Tandy 2004. Amietophrynus villiersi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 24 October 2014.
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